Tag: silent film

January 24, 2015 /

In 1924 Betty Bronson was chosen to play Peter Pan on film by the author J.M. Barrie – other contenders for the role were Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson. Here the elfin actress leaps to the window, directed by Herbert Brenon and photographed by James Wong Howe.

April 29, 2014 /

Let’s imagine we’re Mister Lester… Why! I feel so tall all of a sudden! Back to reality here. The Mister does stand about a head taller than me, but I’ve never seen him in eyeliner. I’m not saying it’s bad—I remember a performance by Keanu Reeves as Siddhartha in “Little…

October 11, 2013 /

Billy Wilder directs Gloria Swanson and William Holden: Drop by tomorrow for more Sunday Stories.

October 11, 2013 /

Billy Wilder directing Cecil B. De Mille and Gloria Swanson:

November 7, 2012 /

Okay, I’ll probably have to spend a couple of weeks in purgatory for this one — but, Cecil B. was… somewhat grandiose and cantankerous… especially with Edith Head. This is an early effort by Miss Head done while assisting costume designer, Travis Banton. The marshmallow dress from THE GOLDEN BED:…

October 22, 2012 /

This is pretty saucy stuff for the time – Joan Crawford shimmying in front of a mirror as she gets dressed to go out for the evening circa 1928, before recorded dialogue, but there was a synch soundtrack… –